Flappy Bird removal wasn't Nintendo's doing

Spokesperson says company had no issue with mobile game's similarities to Mario franchise.

Flappy Bird's similarities to characters and elements from classic Mario games did not upset Nintendo and the company was not involved in the game's much-publicized removal this weekend.

"While we usually do not comment on the rumors and speculations, we have already denied the speculation," a spokesperson for the company told The Wall Street Journal.

Creator Dong Nguyen said previously that Flappy Bird's main bird was inspired by Super Mario Bros.' "Cheep Cheep," and the game's green pipes are also an homage to Nintendo's work.

Nguyen removed the game from iTunes and Google Play yesterday after writing on Twitter: "I cannot take this anymore." He said the game's removal was not due to legal reasons. While his true motivation for pulling the game is unknown, he spoke previously about the game's dramatic and rapid rise to prominence adversely affecting his formerly simple life.

The game was pulling in an average of $50,000 in daily ad revenue. Though Flappy Bird is gone, if you have it installed on your mobile device, you can still play. What's more, a handful of clones have emerged, though be aware they feature microtransactions while the original was fully free except for the advertising.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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tranceology3
tranceology3

Game is pretty cool, but much a rip off of Mario bros. Also, once you reach a score over 9,999 flowers come out of the pipes and shoot fireballs....that's when it gets really hard. And that is why you never see a score higher than that on the leader boards.  

maxpowr3
maxpowr3

I get the feeling this is more the Vietnamese Government stealing his money. In Vietnam, you don't own property, you lease it from the government and when you die, it goes right back to the government: no inheritance. 

hiphops_savior
hiphops_savior

Anyone commenting that the man is foolish has never dealt with sudden success. Imagine all the cousins that suddenly start appearing at his doorsteps.

chev7781
chev7781

Anybody remember Brendan Sinclair?

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

He could port Flappy Bird to Ouya, or port it to Wii U. If Nintendo was O.K with it. Then they would welcome Flappy Bird. Nintendo could even sneak it onto DSi Ware or Wii Ware without to much notice. No one would make a Flap about it then.

wyan_
wyan_

shitty game. good riddance.

wristbreaker
wristbreaker

vietnam government is doing this... damn effin communist... 50k a day and vietnamese goes ballistic "this should go to the people" whatnot... stop autocratic communism... this is a load of bull...

Prometheus
Prometheus

Maybe he was wealthy already, and the additional money he made wasn't worth the internet drama.

electro57
electro57

Something is not right about him withdrawing the game.  I bet he was being threatened for taking someone's work once said person saw what it was doing.  

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Something is up - who would turn down 50k a day?

djames12345
djames12345

why make a game and not want it to do good?

eze_sl89
eze_sl89

"if you cannot take anymore" 50 K every day, then my vietnamese friend, you are really fuc4$ up. Give your profits to me then.

Shelledfade1
Shelledfade1

I guess making money was too much for him to handle lol.

"I can't take this."  Can't take what? Lots of money? 

dragonkantus4
dragonkantus4

i am your fan Eddie keep doing god´s work you are the best gamespot have

RedWave247
RedWave247

I don't understand why so many people are against mobile gaming. It's just another medium in order to play games or tell stories. Since the controls come from touchscreen or physically turning the device, that can create some interesting ways to create gameplay.

I also don't understand how people can't classify them as "true" games. Not every game needs a gamepad in order to play it. If I grew up thinking games couldn't change and evolve, I would be against any games that included a computer mouse or anything that wasn't a simple joystick and one button.

Just understand that mobile gaming is a different medium and accept that not everyone needs to be a hardcore gamer in order to enjoy them.

Tekcor
Tekcor

No **** Eddie. This isn't news. Nobody thought it had anything to do with Nintendo, the developer himself confirmed he pulled it of his own free will. Aflac, Wells Fargo, McDonald's, Nissan, Apple, and Dyson also had nothing to do with the game's removal.

thermalmotion
thermalmotion

The poor guy was receiving death threats and a lot of internet hatred. That can be a hard thing for anyone to deal with.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

I'm actually a Kinect supporter (yes, we do exist), but I can't see it working for that. It would bug out constantly.

ziproy
ziproy

@Tekcor  Please don't give him any more ideas for articles

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

You play too many crappy JRPGs that send out dumb and false messages. It's ALWAYS about the money. An outside entity has forced him to to take the game down. NO other reason - it's human nature.

Shelledfade1
Shelledfade1

@thermalmotion  how could you possibly know if he was receiving death threats. Also, I still wouldn't care, even if Obama himself came to my house and told me I sucked on live TV. If I was making the kind of money this guy was I honestly wouldn't care what anyone would say about me lol.

I mean its the internet and the guy is making a fortune, he really shouldn't give 2 cents about what anyone says.

garywood69
garywood69

@Vidpci @dragonkantus4  In this article, he was just reporting the news. If you can find a problem with that, you have far too much hate inside you.

RedWave247
RedWave247

@Sevenizz Funny how you only responded to the Dave Chapelle part and not the Bill Waterson part. If anything, Waterson proves that it's not always about the money.

Also, I'm glad to see that you know my gaming habits so well. You'll break your legs jumping to conclusions that hard.

chibistevo32
chibistevo32

@Sevenizz Not everyone is American and adheres to the American dream. I know it's hard to imagine, but different people can adopt different values.


Also, considering the game had been trending as it were for almost two month, the guy had probably already raked in millions. To some people, wealth can get so far and just seem like enough. 

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Dave also walked away with millions of dollars which gave him FU money for life - that, and a bad drug habit that forced him to make life altering changes in order to survive.

RedWave247
RedWave247

@adders99 @RedWave247 @Sevenizz  No, it really isn't. Dave Chappelle walked away from it all because he couldn't stand not being able to go anywhere in public without being harassed. Bill Waterson (creator of Calvin & Hobbes) turned down scores of offers for television shows, movies, and merchandising.